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Remember that ’tis the season for theft in southern Colorado

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- It's just a few days after Thanksgiving and we're already hearing about a Christmas lights thief in town.

A homeowner in the area of 8th Street and Cheyenne Boulevard on the city's southwest side reported that she saw someone stealing her holiday light display just after 6 a.m. Friday.

The victim identified the thief as wearing a red hat, and who took the display that was still in the process of being installed. The victim posted about the theft on the Next Door social media app.

The end-of-year holiday period is a time when theft -- of Christmas decorations, delivery packages left on front porches, etc. -- can be more common.

Will stealing be worse during the current COVID-19 pandemic?

Maybe not. A spokesman with the Colorado Springs Police Department said overall theft reports are down this holiday season, but "porch piracy" continues to happen.

"The overall decline may be because more people are at home, who have been laid off or are working from home," said CSPD Lt. James Sokolik.

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office said it has received a dozen reports of stolen packages during the past few weeks.

"It can be hard to catch these thieves," said Sgt. Deborah Mynatt. "They will even follow delivery trucks around. But what helps us is that more people have home surveillance systems that can record high-quality images, even at night."

But is there anything you can do to prevent a Christmas lights display from being taken?

Police said that if you can't secure your decorations on the ground, you should consider placing them on a roof or higher spot that is difficult to reach.

"Fortunately, Christmas decorations aren't stolen often," said Chris Ausec, a crime prevention officer with the CSPD. "And it's hard to know what happens to them when they are. Are they used by the thieves? Are they pawned off? We don't know."

Authorities said to prevent stolen packages, you should have them placed in a lock box, have them delivered at work or have someone pick it up for you.

"Because people are shopping more online, that's a lot more packages that could be stolen," Ausec said.

Authorities also warn people against leaving packages inside their vehicles, or anything that even looks like a valuable item that would entice a thief or burglar.

"One thing we'd like to ask is for people to lock their vehicles," Sokolik said. "We're seeing way too many vehicles with doors unlocked and even with keys in the ignition."

Finally, authorities remind victims of property crimes to file a report as soon as possible, and don't just post about it on social media.

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Scott Harrison

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  1. As I stated in a different article,

    “Nothing shows a populace’s response to how well they are treating their low / no income populace than the increased crime rates for theft, burglary, and robbery. And it is only exacerbated by the lack of line officer LEO’s because our LEA’s are too top heavy to support the community adequately.

    Perhaps if we were actually taking better care of our populace and not our Corporations and land Developers, our nation would be in a better place. Only dismantling Corporate America’s Plutocracy will prove otherwise.”

    This is more than the normal uptick for the season.

    1. “Will stealing be worse during the current COVID-19 pandemic?

      Maybe not. A spokesman with the Colorado Springs Police Department said theft reports are down this holiday season.”

      Thefts, not so much. Burglaries and Robberies, yes.

    2. Well yeah, that election infection knocked the living heck outta everyone, people haven’t worked for months at this point except for odd jobs here and there. personally I was waiting for large scale bank robberies or something ( but we did have a few in town) this is only gonna get worse unless something is done and soon.

      1. “Remember that ’tis the season for theft in southern Colorado”

        Cute title for what is a scathing admission of what a S whole ColoFornia Springs has become.

        Thank “Sell Out” Suthers the developers puppet.

  2. Oh and don’t forget, this will segue nicely into the next story of “Puffing your motor vehicles and how it’s illegal”.

    Question, Under Victim’s Rights, isn’t it illegal, immoral, and unethical to blame the victim for the criminal’s actions? And if it is, why does this law still exist?

    § 42-4-1206. Unattended motor vehicle–definitions

    1) A person driving or in charge of an unlocked motor vehicle shall not permit it to stand unattended without first stopping the engine, locking the ignition, removing the key from the ignition, and effectively setting the brake thereon.  When the vehicle is standing upon any grade, the person shall turn the front wheels to the curb or side of the highway in such a manner as to prevent the vehicle from rolling onto the traveled way.

    https://dcj.colorado.gov/crime-victim-rights-act-vra

    I find it interesting that Colorado has a list of criminal charges that they protect the victim from these exact same types of retaliations, but for some reason, our Colorado Government doesn’t protect the victims that were impacted by a criminal committing 18-4-409 Aggravated Motor Vehicle theft. Worse, the government further burdens the victim by charging them after they were a victim of a crime.

    This isn’t done with any other crime against property, so why is it acceptable to do this for only this one crime? Simple answer is it shouldn’t be allowed.

    1. THAAAANNK YOU!! The “puffing” law just pisses me off – for the reasons you so adequately stated. Ridiculous that this law still, exists. I should be able to leave my car running while I run inside for a minute without someone stealing it, the same way I should be able to walk into my home, carrying groceries and not lock the door because I am going right back out to grab another load, without worrying that someone is going to follow me in and rob me and my home!!

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